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Visitors share history, donate photos to museum

Kent, Lynn, and Michelle Estabrook of Sacramento, Calif., visited Peabody last week.

The family was searching for information about the E.F. Davison family. They brought heirlooms including their grandmother’s gym suit and photographs.

Davison was involved with First National Bank, Peabody Hardware, and the Methodist church. He built the house just east of the church, now occupied by the Lewis family.

According to Susan Marshall of Peabody, Davison also built her house at 507 N. Walnut St. in 1904 as a wedding gift.

The Estabrook family visited the freight elevator and well in the former hardware store as well as homes of family and bank officials of the era. They ate lunch in Peabody, courtesy of Mid-Kansas Cooperative. Peabody State Bank President Shreves Avery told the family he would send information about First National Bank.

The family donated photographs to the museum including a photograph of a house. On the back of the photo, someone wrote “Mch, 1898.”

It is not known if the initials indicate March or Methodist church. Anyone with information may contact Marilyn Jones at (620) 983-2815 or Susan Marshall at the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin at (620) 983-2185.

Last modified Aug. 25, 2010

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